December 31, 2012

Hobbit Papercraft: Lake-town Buildings

In the book The Hobbit there is a human town named Esgaroth (also called Lake-town) which the dragon Smaug destroys after he is awakened by Bilbo Baggins. Over the past year Grendels Mother 64 has been creating paper models of Lake-town buildings. The buildings are sized for 25-30mm miniature gaming and include (among other things) houses, boats, a mead hall, a great house, and a dockside warehouse. Templates for the papercraft buildings may be downloaded here.

December 28, 2012

Deep Space Nine Papercraft: PADD

Back in September I revamped the Star Trek: Voyager medical tricorder paper model I released in 2009. Next up on the revamp list is my 2009 PADD papercraft. The original PADD was based on a 3D model from the Star Trek Voyager Elite Force video game. However, after doing some research, I found that the PADD was configured more like a Deep Space Nine PADD than a Voyager PADD. So accordingly I changed the textures to show a DS9 readout. The new template is available here (both A4 and Letter size included). Like the original PADD, the scale of the model is 1:2.

December 25, 2012

Marvel Avengers Papercraft: Loki

Here's a papercraft Christmas present from Xavier Gale-Sides. It's a model of the character Loki as he appears in the Thor and Avengers movies. In the Marvel Comics universe, Loki is the half-brother of Thor and the Asgardian god of mischief, madness and evil. Download the template for Loki and many other Marvel paper toys at Xavier's website here.

December 24, 2012

Simple Printable Christmas Ornaments

Here's some great looking Christmas ornaments by Studio Momoki that are incredibly simple to build. Included in the set are Mr. and Mrs. Claus, an elf, a reindeer, and an angel. PDF templates for the ornaments are available here. Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2012

Papercraft Apple Macintosh Christmas Ornament

The first Apple Inc. personal computer was the Macintosh 128k released in 1984. It had a 9" (23 cm) built-in black and white monitor and came with a keyboard and a mouse. The design of this papercraft Apple Macintosh Christmas ornament is based on the "Happy Mac" icon that was part the start up sequence of Apple computers up until 2002. The papercraft template for the ornament is available here.

December 17, 2012

Marvel Avengers Paper Toys

From the China Paper Model Alliance comes seven Marvel Avengers paper toys. Included in the collection are Nick Fury, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Black Widow, Iron Man, and Hawkeye.

UPDATE 8/15/17: Sorry! These paper toys are no longer available. :(

Other Avengers Papercraft:
Avenger Toys by Xavier
Life Size Incredible Hulk
Avengers Masks for Kids
Thor's Hammer

December 15, 2012

Papercraft Payday the Heist Masks

Just before Halloween, as a favor for someone, I created eight papercraft masks based on masks seen in the Payday: The Heist video game. Now I am offering the masks to everyone!  The official literature for The Heist describes it as "an action filled first person shooter that lets players take on the role of a hardened career criminal executing intense, dynamic heists in constant pursuit of the next 'big score'". The download for the masks includes A4 and letter size Pepakura PDO files along with eight interchangeable mask textures. The template for the masks is the same template I used for my Kaonashi mask, Spider-Man mask, and Death Eater masks.

December 12, 2012

Papercraft Coca-Cola Polar Bears and Ornament

Dollar General in cooperation with Coca-Cola is offering two Christmas papercraft projects for the 2012 holiday season. Pictured on top is a pair of 3D paper models of the Coca-Cola polar bears designed by Robert Nava of Disney Experience fame. In the mood for something simpler? Try a 2D Christmas ornament featuring images of the polar bears. PDF templates for the projects may be downloaded here.

December 9, 2012

Printable Harry Potter Bookmarks

These three double-sided Harry Potter bookmarks were originally offered as a promotional download by Hewlett-Packard. No longer available at HP, the bookmarks live on at The Daily Prophet, a Harry Potter fan site. Pictured in the bookmarks are Harry wearing the sorting hat, Harry in Professor Snape's class, and Hedwig, Harry's owl. Each of the bookmarks is about 7" (17.8 cm) long when printed on A4 size paper.

December 7, 2012

Ice Age Papercraft: Scrat

My buddy Elso has created yet another papercraft masterpiece: Scrat! In the Ice Age series of movies, Scrat is the familiar saber-toothed squirrel who is seen continually pursuing an elusive acorn. The height of the finished model is 15.75" (40 cm) which I would consider somewhat "larger than life". The template is available in Pepakura PDO format only and may be downloaded here.

December 6, 2012

LOTR Origami: Nazgul

The creativity of origami artists never ceases to amaze me. This origami Nazgul (aka Dark Rider, aka Ringwraith) from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy was created by Jason Ku. The folding pattern for the Nazgul was featured  in issue #129 of the origami magazine, Tanteidan. An image of the folding pattern may be viewed here.

December 3, 2012

Papercraft Antique Globe Christmas Ornaments

Not your typical ornaments, Paperpino miniaturized 200 year old globe gores by Italian globe maker Giovanni Maria Cassini to create ornate ball decorations for your Christmas tree. In the foreground is a 1792 globe of the celestial sphere showing star constellations. In the background is Cassini's 1790 globe of the Earth. Each of the balls is about 6" (15 cm) in diameter. The templates for the ornaments are located here.

December 1, 2012

Half-Life 2 Papercraft: Dog Robot

Dog is a robot character in the Half-Life 2 video game. According to the Half-Life wiki:
"Dog is a robot, built by Eli Vance to protect his daughter Alyx as a child. Dog's original model was around one meter in height, but as Alyx grew older, she began adding upgrades and new parts to Dog, and he towers around 2.5 meters tall at the time of Half-Life 2."
This papercraft model of Dog by Gollum999 is super complex and is recommended for advanced papercrafters only. If you are brave enough to try, ;) the template may be downloaded here.

November 29, 2012

Printable Santa Gift Boxes

I like the flexibility of these papercraft Santa boxes. They may be used as small gift boxes or table top decorations. String some together through the tips of their hats and they become a Christmas banner. Make use of the included number signs and you can create an Advent calendar to count down the days till Christmas (with a candy treat inside each one of course ^^). The free printable templates for the Santas are available at Kathy's Cottage.

November 27, 2012

Printable Tron Light Cycle Game

Created as a piece of Tron fan art by graphic designer David Landis, these papercraft light cycles may be used to play a table top game. The PDF download offered by Landis contains enough pieces for up to five people. The only other item needed for game play is a six sided die. Don't have a die handy? Try building one out of paper!

November 25, 2012

Adventure Time Papercraft: Golden Sword of Battle

The Golden Sword of Battle is Finn's primary weapon in the Adventure Time animated series. This paper model of the Golden Sword is 1:1 scale and measures 28" (71 cm) long. When designing the sword I experimented with construction techniques in the hope of making it stronger than previous papercraft swords I have done. I believe I succeeded, although after an extended period of whipping around my build of the model it started to show some weakness where the blade meets the handle. ;) The template for the sword is available in both Letter and A4 size and may be downloaded here.

November 23, 2012

Star Trek Papercraft: Voyager and Prometheus

These paper models are of two important starships in the Star Trek:Voyager television series. On the left is the U.S.S. Voyager, the namesake of the show. In episode one, Voyager is teleported 70,000 light years from Earth and presumed destroyed by the rest of the fleet. Pictured on the right is the U.S.S. Prometheus. The Prometheus is an advanced starship which can separate into three separate spacecraft. In the fourth season of the series, the Prometheus became the first ship in the fleet to be contacted by Voyager after its disappearance. Both of these models are by Paragon. The PDF templates for the ships may be found here and here.

November 20, 2012

Star Wars Paper Snowflakes

It's the perfect geek decoration for the holidays: Star Wars paper snowflakes!  Pictured are snowflakes featuring Boba Fett, a TIE fighter, Princess Leia, and a Stormtrooper. Mattersofgrey offers a total of nineteen different snowflake templates. All templates are free to download, although a small donation is suggested if downloading the collection as a whole. [via Ninjatoes]

November 18, 2012

Tiny Papercraft Christmas Village

This tiny papercraft Christmas village designed by Kallboys depicts the Christmas Market in the town of Mondorf, Germany. The two larger buildings shown in the diorama are the Castle-like Caf√© Hafenschl√∂sschen and St. Laurentius Church. The PDF template for the model may be downloaded here. In the build photo above by saltacornu the template was printed at half the size of the original.

November 15, 2012

Star Wars Papercraft: Boba Fett Blaster Rifle

Here's another fine Star Wars paper model by Norturno Sukhoi: a full size Boba Fett blaster rifle. A standard EE-3 carbine rifle was improved by Fett by the addition of an electronic scope and a stock. The template for the rifle is available in Pepakura PDO format only and may be downloaded here.

November 12, 2012

Parthenon Paper Pop-up

A free download of the template for this Parthenon pop-up is available at Paper Garden. The Parthenon was completed in Athens, Greece around 432 BC and is considered by many to be the pinnacle of Doric temple architecture. Paper Garden showcases the papercraft work of Sakyo K. Also available on the same page as the Parthenon pop-up is a template for a pop-up of a Christian church.

November 10, 2012

Printable Monster Rampage Board Game

You gotta love a free board game, especially when it involves both papercraft and giant monsters terrorizing a city. ^^ This printable table top game is called "Smash Monster Rampage". The PDF downloads for the game include (among other things) templates for 3D buildings, 2D monsters, and a paper die. According to the authors, a single play of the game takes about one hour.

November 8, 2012

Scooby Doo Papercraft: Velma, Shaggy and Daphne

Last month I posted a papercraft Scooby Doo by Guillermo Molina.  But wait! Scoob is not the only paper model of the Mystery Incorporated gang created by Molina. He also created templates for Velma, Shaggy, and Daphne. Now if someone would just create a papercraft Fred the set would be complete! ^^ Special thanks to Ronny for rounding up the links to the templates for me.

November 5, 2012

Fourth Anniversary!

Four years ago today I started blogging about my favorite hobby, papercraft! Here's thanks to every one who has supported my humble efforts over the years. It was only last year that it dawned on me that the anniversary of Tektonten Papercraft was also Guy Fawkes Day. So to celebrate anniversary day this year I have rounded up four different printable Guy Fawkes masks, two which are 3D and two which are 2D. Here are links to the templates for each of the four masks: One, TwoThree, Four.

Skyrim Papercraft: Septim Coins

The Septim coin is the main currency In the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim video game. According to the Skyrim Wiki:
"The Septim is named after the dynasty that rules the Septim Empire founded by Tiber Septim. It is officially called a Septim due to the bust of Tiber Septim on the obverse side. The legend on the obverse (front) is: The Empire is Law. The Law is Sacred. The reverse reads: Praise be, Akatosh and all the Divines."
The template for these papercraft Septims may be downloaded here. This is my third Skyrim papercraft release. Previously released were a Runed Lexicon Cube and a Dwemer Puzzle Cube.

November 1, 2012

Papercraft Star Trek Ships for Miniature Gaming

This 1:5000 scale USS Enterprise paper model is part of a collection of four Star Trek TOS ships intended for use in miniature gaming. The other ships in the set are the USS Schmidt, the USS Ptolemy and the USS Federation.The templates for these ships are small enough that all of them together fit on a single page (which may be downloaded here). Model design by Glenn Jupp and Rawen. 

October 29, 2012

Marvel Comics Papercraft: Doctor Doom Mask

Here's a simple yet stylish Doctor Doom mask from Courtney at The mask is constructed using black, grey and silver cardstock. No color printing required! The template for the mask is available here. Doctor Doom, as you may know, is a super villain in the Marvel Comics universe who has gone up against the likes of Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men.

October 26, 2012

Gremlins Paper Dolls

These Gremlins cut outs by UK illustrator Hoborobo were originally a T-shirt design but that doesn't stop them from being used as real paper dolls. The props that come with the dolls are those used by Gizmo and the evil gremlins in the two Gremlins movies. A JPG of the dolls may be downloaded here.

October 23, 2012

Robot Action Figure Paper Toy

Here is what illustrator Andy Rash has to say about the robot paper toy he designed:
Build a robot action figure at home! All you need is a printer, an X-acto knife, tape (double stick tape works better), and two flexible straws! ...real posable arms and legs! Eight points of articulation! Wow!
Andy's paper toy matches a robot character in a book he wrote. The template is available here.

October 21, 2012

Printable Dark Knight Rises Masks

These Dark Knight Rises masks by Patrick Sullivan were recently featured on The thing I like about these masks is their simplicity. Each one is a single piece that is folded and taped to form the mask. But alas, there is a catch. The masks require 11" x 17" size paper which is too large for many home printers to handle. To make printing easier for myself I split each template into two letter size (8.5" x 11") parts that can be taped together. Links to copies of the split templates are listed below.

Bane Mask
Batman Mask
Catwoman Mask

October 19, 2012

Scooby Doo Papercraft

This Scooby Doo paper model falls in the category of "oldie but goodie". Released in 2008 by Guillermo Molina on the now defunct Bongo Papercraft blog, the familiar pooch was part of a series of papercraft Scooby Doo characters on which Guillermo was working. Templates for the characters are hard to find these days, but Scooby at least is still available here. The build photo above is by Josh at Sidewinder's Model Works.

UPDATE 2/6/2018: More Scooby Doo characters available here!

October 16, 2012

KH2 Papercraft: Castle That Never Was Treasure Chest

For old times sake, I created another Kingdom Hearts II treasure chest paper model to add to the collection of eleven chests I released last year. In the video game, this chest may be found in the "Castle That Never Was" which is the headquarters of Organization XIII. The template for this papercraft may be downloaded here. Here are links to some of my favorite chests in the series:

Halloween Town Treasure Chest
Beast's Castle Treasure Chest
Disney Castle Treasure Chest
100 Acre Wood Treasure Chest
Aladdin (Agrabah) Treasure Chest

October 15, 2012

Paper Automata Skull

Just in time for Halloween, Patrick Pasques at A L'ombre du Pommier has released a paper automata skull. A simple three piece template makes for an easy build. After pressing the skull down to make it grin and reveal its eyes, the "spring loaded" design allows the skull to pop back up. Download the fun here.

October 14, 2012

Harry Potter Papercraft: Peppermint Toad Box

In the world of Harry Potter, a peppermint toad is a magical candy shaped like a toad. After consuming one of the toads it realistically hops in the stomach. The treat is mentioned in A Prisoner of Azkaban as being sold in the Honeydukes sweet shop in the wizarding village of Hogsmeade. The template for this papercraft peppermint toad box is offered by LoneLantern who was also kind enough to include a recipe to create some real candy toads to go inside. Yum!

October 12, 2012

WindUp Rocket Paper Toy

As a company promotion, WindUp Rocket offers a free paper toy version of their logo. WindUp Rocket is an iPhone and iPad development company with "a passion for beautiful apps". Partnering with the best illustrators and designers around, and employing "generations of wind up toy know-how", the company strives to craft wonderful, delightful applications.

October 10, 2012

Borderlands 2 Papercraft: 3D Handsome Jack Mask

After the Borderlands 2 video game was released in September, it was inevitable that papercraft would follow. ^^ This is the first 3D papercraft from B2 I have seen: the mask worn by Handsome Jack. Jack is the primary bad guy in the game.  The task of players is to kill Jack and restore peace to the Earth-like planet of Pandora. The Pepakura PDO template for the life-size mask was created by botman and may be downloaded here. Previously, I posted some 2D Borderlands 2 masks.

October 9, 2012

1993 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe Paper Model

The Dodge Viper sports car was first introduced in 1991. The Viper is equipped with an unique V10 engine and is only available with a manual transmission. The fifth generation of the Viper is scheduled for release in the 2013 model year. This 1993 papercraft Viper was designed by K. Shinozaki for Daytona magazine. A PDF of the template may be downloaded here. The build photo is by Capaso.

October 8, 2012

Death Eater Masks Build Photo

Alexandre at built all nine of my Harry Potter Death Eater masks. I don't believe I have ever seen them all in one photo before! If you missed the masks the first time around there are links to each one below. The template of the Death Eater masks was based on a No Face mask I did in 2009.

Death Eater Mask #9
Death Eater Mask #8
Death Eater Mask #7
Death Eater Mask #6
Death Eater Mask #5
Death Eater Mask #4
Death Eater Mask #3
Death Eater Mask #2
Death Eater Mask #1

October 6, 2012

Skyrim Papercraft: Dragonscale Helmet

The Dragonscale Helmet is one of the light armor pieces that can be made utilizing the dragon armor perk in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim video game. Dragonscale is the strongest light armor in the game. This full scale paper model of the helmet was created by Kuraudo3. A Pepakura PDO file for it may be requested from Kuraudo3 by contacting him here. For those of you with Mac computers who cannot open PDO files, I have created a PDF file of the template which may be downloaded here.

October 4, 2012

Naruto Papercraft: Kakashi’s ANBU Mask

In the Naruto animated series, the character Kakashi Hatake is former member of the Konoha ANBU. The ANBU are a squad that performs special missions such as assassinations and torture. Each of the ANBU wear a porcelain mask to hide their identity. Some of the masks are made to look like animals.  Kakashi’s mask is modeled to look like a dog.  This papercraft model of Kakashi’s ANBU mask was created by Lyrin-83. The template may be downloaded here.

October 3, 2012

1930's Police Car and Taxi Paper Models

These nifty 1930's style police car and taxi paper models are scaled for use in 25-30 mm scale miniature gaming, but even if you aren't into miniature gaming, they still make pretty cool paper toys. These cars were created by Grendels_Mother64 and the templates for them (and many other cars) may be downloaded here.

September 30, 2012

John Carter Papercraft: Barsoom Decoder

The good folks at Cubeecraft have created a 2D papecraft decoder to translate the Barsoomian lettering used in Disney's John Carter movie and related merchandise. Dial in the Martian letter at the top and the English letter it represents appears in the window at the bottom. The decoder is modeled after the Thern teleportation medallion seen in the movie. The template is available here.

September 27, 2012

Star Wars Rancor Papercraft

I posted a rancor mask earlier this month. Is it too soon for another rancor papercraft? Naaah! The rancor scene is one of the best parts of Return of the Jedi, especially the part when Luke Skywalker wedges a bone in the rancor's mouth to avoid being eaten. This paper model rancor by J. Ossorio has a finished height of  12.5 " (32 cm). The Pepakura PDO template may be downloaded here.

September 25, 2012

Kingdom Hearts 2 Papercraft: Auron's Sword

The character Auron first appeared in the Final Fantasy X video game. Auron also makes an appearance in Kingdom Hearts 2. This papercraft sword is how Auron's weapon appears in KH2. The finished model is 37" (95 cm) long.  It has only 15 parts making it a fairly easy build. I intended the sword to be primarily for display, so if you want to use it for something active it will need to be reinforced on the inside. A download of the template for the sword is available here.

Mini Papercraft Minecraft Diorama

I am not sure exactly how small this papercraft Minecraft diorama really is, but the unfolded parts all fit on one printed page. Says creator Tubbypaws, "This is my little papercraft tribute to the blocky block 3d block game with all the pixely blocks and scary block things that run after you." Oh that silly Tubbypaws. Get the template for the diorama here.

September 22, 2012

Papercraft Chernabog Mask (Fantasia)

Just in time for Halloween, DeviantARTist EuTytoAlba has created a Chernabog mask. Eh, who's Chernabog you say? Remember the massive demon-like figure in the "Night on Bald Mountain" scene in Disney's Fantasia? Yep, that's him. Chernabog also appears as a boss in the Kingdom Hearts I video game. The Pepakura PDO template for the mask is available here.

September 20, 2012

Zelda Origami: King of Red Lions Ship

Origami doesn't get much easier than this. Take two squares of paper, add a couple of folds and you have a great looking King of Red Lions ship. The King of Red Lions is a talking sailboat from the Nintendo video game The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. This origami was created by illustrator Alex Griendling. The pattern for the boat may be downloaded here.

September 17, 2012

Princess Mononoke Cubees

Here's some Cubee paper toy characters from Studio Ghibli's 1997 movie, Princess Mononoke. On the left is Princess Mononoke herself, a girl named San who was raised in the forest by the 300 year old wolf god, Moro no Kimi (on the right). These cubees were created by DeviantART member Scarykurt. The templates may be downloaded here.

September 15, 2012

Lotus E20 Formula 1 Race Car Papercraft

The Lotus E20 was designed and produced by the Lotus F1 Team for the 2012 Formula 1 season. The car is installed with a Renault engine and sports a double-DRS rear wing. This E20 paper model is available as a download here. There isn't any information in the template regarding the scale of the model.  If anyone happens to know the scale, please leave a comment and let me know.

Mini Papercraft Arcade Machines

An old fashioned arcade packed with pinball machines and video coin-op games is a rare thing anymore. Now you can recreate the glory days of the video game arcade with these papercraft arcade machines. Pictured above are an Indiana Jones pinball machine, a Donkey Kong machine and a Pac-Man machine. Ten different video coin-op templates are available here. Six different pinball machine templates are available here. The build photo above is by Reis O'Brien.